Tiny Baetis mayflies are perhaps the most commonly encountered and imitated by anglers on all American trout streams due to their great abundance, widespread distribution, and trout-friendly emergence habits.
Flytyerinpa on Feb 23, 2017February 23rd, 2017, 7:58 am EST
I've been hearing a lot about UV cement, head cement etc, I know its been out for a while, but I've never used any of it. So my question is, is it any good ? or is it just another hype to sell something new, when you hit it with light does it get rock hard ? or semi hard?
Wbranch on Feb 23, 2017February 23rd, 2017, 10:45 am EST
Yes, it is fantastic! It gives me the nicest fly heads I've ever achieved in just one step. I'm fussy about how my heads look on streamers and I used to apply no less than two and often three coats of medium viscosity head cement so when I was done the head would look very smooth add there would be no visual evidence of the thread wraps.
Now I apply a couple of tiny drops of UV resin and zap it with a Loon UV light and in no more than 10 seconds I have a perfectly shaped and hard head.
Here is a link to a good starter kit. My starter kit cam with two cartridges of UV resin and the UV light. When you run out of resin you can buy a 1 ounce tube of Loon Knot Sense and remove the front end of the Bondic cartridge and fill it up with the Knot Sense and you are good to go again.